John Stones was one of two outfield players to be retained by Gareth Southgate and he had to be replaced at the break - the centre-back could be a doubt for the Three Lions' second-round match against. They're working with great coaches but still doing it. Belgium popped out as main contenders for the very top of the group after back-to-back wins by three-goal margin against the likes of Panama and Tunisia. The clubs are trying to distance themselves from the political issues. England's Harry Kane has scored five goals in the group stages of this tournament. They instead play God Save The Queen and it's more talk-level singing. And while football has not yet come home, it certainly was on at home, with watching the match on , with a peak audience share of 82.
Belgium take on Japan at the same time a day earlier in Rostov-on-Don. Dele Alli has recovered from a knock which forced him to miss that huge win, and is in line for a recall after re-joining full training this week. Will Harry Kane start for England against Belgium? Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco Dalian Yifang , Kevin de Bruyne Manchester City , Mousa Dembele Tottenham Hotspur , Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht , Marouane Fellaini Manchester United , Eden Hazard Chelsea , Thorgan Hazard Borussia Monchengladbach , Adnan Januzaj Real Sociedad , Dries Mertens Napoli , Youri Tielemans Monaco , Axel Witsel Tianjin Quanjian. England throw-in, it's chucked ahead of Lingard - terrible defending by Belgium - he tries a volley off the outside of his boot, it turns into a cross and Kane is inches away from connecting. Stones' ability to play out from the back and his cultured style are integral to Southgate's future plans - and he has performed in this tournament in exactly the manner his most fervent admirers hoped he would. Before this World Cup started it was the widely accepted view that the Belgians not only had better, elite level individual players than Gareth Southgate had at his disposal, but that their squad had far more strength in depth, too. The objective was a mid-term one.
Pickford had only picked the ball out of the net in those games, having no chance with either goal, but here he looked a little ring-rusty and was fortunate to get away with spilling the ball early on when Gary Cahill cleared Michy Batshuayi's shot off the line. The ball bounces off the pitch and the Manchester City man volleys it, however Dedryck Boyata is directly in the way as it ricochets off the defender's head and clear from danger. In addition to England vs Belgium 0-1 Highlights, you can watch and: — England vs Belgium 0-1 Extended Highlights, — England vs Belgium Full Match Replay 1st half, — England vs Belgium Replay 2nd half. There is a youth about them, an energy, a belief and a real desire. De Bruyne has miles of space as Hazard runs through the middle but the pass is poor and Stones has time to block the shot. With potentially awaiting in the quarter-finals for the group winners, there was speculation both teams would prefer to finish second to be paired with either or in the last eight. All can be watched here on.
Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele could get a chance to feature from the first whistle in the centre of the park. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku missed two chances and was substituted without scoring, leaving England captain Harry Kane in pole position to win the World Cup's Golden Boot with six goals. Gareth Southgate's team were unable to bounce back from the despair of Wednesday's extra-time loss against Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow - but this still represents a highly creditable tournament for England. Before 2018, the last player to score more in the first round of a single World Cup was Russia's Oleg Salenko in 1994 six goals. Belgium could rest Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard after both players suffered injuries in their previous match against Tunisia. England will now face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday - Sweden or Switzerland looming in the quarter-finals if they can clear that hurdle - while Belgium tackle Japan in the top half of a draw where heavyweights Brazil, France, Argentina, Uruguay and Portugal still lurk.
Thailand went close to grabbing the win, but the tournament hosts secured the draw to finish top of the group as they remain unbeaten after a win and two draws in Group A. Txuri-urdin — OptaJose OptaJose Jamie Vardy was gifted an early opportunity by sloppy defending, but Courtois saved with his right boot. England had chances to level in the second half as Toby Alderweireld cleared off the line from Eric Dier, while Harry Maguire also headed wide from a good position. England: Pickford 6 , Alexander-Arnold 6 , Cahill 7 , Stones 6 , Jones 6 , Rose 7 , Dier 5 , Delph 6 , Loftus-Cheek 7 , Rashford 6 , Vardy 6. Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed wide under pressure as England showed set-piece threat once more, while Trent Alexander-Arnold made another fine clearance at the other end, but more keep-ball brought boos as the half-time whistle came. While England will be concerned about Stones' knock, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was able to bring Vincent Kompany off the bench for the last 16 minutes for the defender's first action of the World Cup. Against Belgium, they were permitted more of the ball before being punished by the the irresistible counter-attacking of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne who never had to hit top gear.
Yet in that game, it took a Brazil goal and 20 minutes of sustained pressure before Martinez adapted his team to deal with the clear problems his side was facing. There's no point to keeping the ball in your own half for an entire game - for spells, yes, but they're a goal down. To expand on the point I made just now with Glenn, Loftus-Cheek is 22 and a half older than Dele Alli. Martinez's men take on Japan on Monday with England facing Colombia the following day. Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has already intimated he could make as many as nine changes for the game, but Gareth Southgate would not be drawn on how many he would make, despite confirming Eric Dier would make his first start. They wanted to make the country proud.
They have won 39, drawn 32 and lost 29 of those matches. Southgate must also weigh up whether to select his captain Harry Kane, who remains the tournament's leading scorer with five goals. Subs used: Maguire 7 , Welbeck 6. A great achievement for an average bunch of lads. It will be a good game to go and review. He overruns the ball in the final third, Dembele robs him easily and the counter-attack is on.
Just a bonus that side of the draw looks class now. He came off at half-time and so too did Raheem Sterling. India 0-1 Bahrain India were devastated to be the first team knocked out of the tournament, as skipper Pronay Halder conceded a 91st minute penalty which Jamal Rashed converted to send Bahrain through. Januzaj 51 England vs Belgium 0-1 Highlights — Team News and Starting Lineups. What we've seen in this World Cup is the players didn't want to rely on talent anymore, they wanted to be a team who achieves results. Leander Dendoncker was booked for bringing down a rampaging Danny Rose as England appeared to be edging towards top spot in the group by virtue of their better fair play record.